The First Amendment Encyclopedia

Presented by the John Seigenthaler Chair of Excellence in First Amendment Studies

Case Categories: Child Pornography Laws

Child pornography, a form of sexual expression depicting children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, is not entitled to First Amendment protection.

It is similar to obscenity in that it represents a category of sexual expression lacking First Amendment protection, but it covers material that does not meet the legal definition of obscenity.

The federal and state governments have passed numerous statutes outlawing child pornography as well as laws intended to protect children from seeing pornography or obscene images.

Below are cases involving First Amendment challenges to both child pornography laws and laws intended to protect minors from exposure to pornography.

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